Nene Valley Harriers
2014
Hot, windy conditions and a relentlessly hilly course greeted a troop of Nene Valley Harriers who travelled to Offord, near St Neots, to take on the Hurden 9m and 18m races on Sunday March 16.

Hurden 9m and 18m road races, Offord, Cambs

16/03/2014
Hot, windy conditions and a relentlessly hilly course greeted a troop of Nene Valley Harriers who travelled to Offord, near St Neots, to take on the Hurden 9m and 18m races on Sunday March 16. The Nice-Tri 18m event is popular with athletes preparing for spring marathons, while the 9m still offers a significant challenge with endless hills and strong head winds on the day.

Lance Hemmings just missed out on a top ten position in the 18m race, finishing 11th in 2:00:03. Stamford Striders’ Jim Morris pipped him to the post of top V45 with an impressive time of 1:53:30, placing him 4th overall.

Hemmings’ London marathon training partner, Olly Slater, just beat fellow Harrier Barry Warne, when they crossed the line in 15th and 16th in 2:07:51 and 2:08:14 respectively. Warne, who is also running the marathon on April 13, picked up the first V50 prize. Chris Mooney also placed highly in the double-lapped race, finishing 38th in 2:17.

Ruth Jones completed a successful weekend of racing when she followed up her first lady position at the Cambridge parkrun on Saturday with a win in the 9m event the following day. Jones finished 9th overall in 62:51, exactly a minute and a half ahead of former team mate Yvonne Scarrott, who also finished first V45 and second female overall for Harborough AC.
L to R: NVH athletes Chris Mooney, Barry Warne & Ruth Jones. Pic from Paul Homewood.